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Photos reveal state of former Rutland Zoo building at Rutland Water





Smashed animal enclosures and piles of rubbish have been captured on camera at the site of a former zoo.

Photos highlighting the state of disrepair at the Rutland Zoo premises near Empingham have been shared to the Facebook group Abandoned East Midlands which was set up to explore derelict places across the region.

It has more than 69,000 followers.

Paper work covers one of the desks. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
Paper work covers one of the desks. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook

The photos uploaded on Monday show toilet rolls, paperwork, face masks and rubbish strewn across the floor alongside smashed enclosures and cables hanging from the ceilings.

The zoo closed to visitors in October 2022 due to an increase in running costs. It had previously been known as Bugtopia and before that was used as a butterfly house.

The site is owned by Anglian Water. The empty building has been fenced off but several members of the Facebook group have shared photos and videos from within the building.

A spokesperson for Anglian Water said steps are being taken to enchance security at the site.

Photos have been shared to a Facebook group. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
Photos have been shared to a Facebook group. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
The site is owned by Anglian Water. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
The site is owned by Anglian Water. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
Inside the former Rutland Zoo. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
Inside the former Rutland Zoo. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
The zoo closed due to spiraling running costs. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
The zoo closed due to spiraling running costs. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
Enclosures have been smashed. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
Enclosures have been smashed. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
The building has been fenced off. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook
The building has been fenced off. Photo: Abandoned East Midlands / Facebook

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